Portoroz was our second base destination; a part of Slovenia we were a little apprehensive to visit, seeing as one of the guests we bumped into during our stay in Bled dubbed it ‘seedy’ and there were a few casino’s around when we were doing Hotel Research before we flew out.
However, all our fears were proved unfounded, though very hot (like, really, really hot), Portoroz was a lovely place to spend our next few days. I wrote in a Dayre post while I was in Slovenia, that even though it was probably super early in the season, and therefore quite quiet, Portoroz had just the right balance of ‘resort seasidey’ feelings, and a beautiful quiet. Maybe because it was the start of the season, maybe because that’s just how Portoroz is.
We stayed at the Hotel Roza in Portoroz, a pretty standard, 3 star place that came with the brilliant added bonus of being able to eat dinner in the Grand Hotel Metropol next door, and use the facilities. Yeesss. Because the weather was so scorching, we ended up exploring the area in the mornings, and spending most afternoons cooling off in the indoor pool.
Along the seafront are a number of bars, restaurants and cafes (I recommend you try cacao for ice cream, it is divine), that we didn’t have all too much time to check out – considering we had breakfast and dinner included with our hotel. There seemed to be a number of really nice places to get evening cocktails though… which I’ll remember for future Slovenian escapades.
The main street is also quite brilliant for shopping, a mix of street stalls and high end boutiques. As for activities, there are places you can hire pedalos, play tennis and crazy golf, then of course, the seafront and the beach areas. It’s a beautiful, beautiful area of Slovenia.
I’m skipping a day here, but the next place that I want to talk about is Izola. A town that’s traditions include fishing and wine making.
Izola skyline – all the Mediterranean feelings
I’m super ace at finding furry friends on my travels
St. Maurus Church – Izola
Izola was a short bus ride away from Portoroz, We felt it was a lot more commercial in some areas than Portoroz, but the winding streets and harbour are well worth a visit. There are also some spectacular views from the beach area.
We first saw Izola on the way into Portoroz – or, more specifically, my mum and little sister did, and thought it was a beautiful little town and that we should go and visit. So we did. I’d really recommend walking up to St Maurus Church, it’s gorgeous, painted with peach and orange stripes and white accents. So. Pretty.
You can also see Koper in the distance, which is slightly less pretty, as Koper is an industrial centre, but it is kind of awesome to see just how huge those ships are, even in the distance.
We were so blessed with the weather, so much sunshine. So, so much sunshine. I miss it in this rainy non-summer that England is having right now.
Have you been to Portoroz or Izola before? What’s your favourite type of seaside holiday – I haven’t been to the ‘seaside’ in aaaages, so seeing all these beaches in such a short space of time was quite weird!